Meet Elizabeth McDonough, LMHC

Elizabeth McDonough, LMHC

Elizabeth Z. McDonough is motivated by her heart, her soul, and a desire for all to live a life of balance. With this mission in mind, she successfully created a symbiotic relational balance of fitness, mental health, and personal well-being.

Since becoming a Certified Personal Trainer in 2003, Elizabeth has had opportunities to train individuals from all walks of life - from children to geriatric, including athletes. She continued her quest to integrate fitness into peoples' lives by creating and leading "Sunrise Sweat of Palm Beach" (a beach-based class that combines yoga and high-intensity polymeric and resistance training). She also participates in triathlons annually, marathons for charity, has lead geriatric fitness groups, aerobic/total body fitness classes, and volunteers to lead youth fitness groups.

As Elizabeth continued to spend time with a diverse group of people, she noticed a common denominator connecting each one with their individual struggle to incorporate fitness in their lives. Mental and emotional fitness was the answer! So, Elizabeth proceeded to earn a Master's in Education from Florida Atlantic University, specializing in Mental Health Counseling. Since graduating with honors, she has worked at Synergy Group Services handling substance abuse, eating disorders and dual diagnosis by providing individual, group, and family counseling services.

Her private practice has expanded and includes individual, family, couples counseling, and specialized groups such as Minds Of Mothers Unite (M.O.M's Unite) which offers face-to-face and virtual groups. Elizabeth is the leader of the Lake Worth chapter of "Climb Out Of The Darkness Walk"* and a constant advocate of women's support in mental health. She believes education, awareness of self and surroundings, combined with motivation for change is the path to "Strength & Happiness".

*"Climb Out of the Darkness" is the world's largest event raising awareness of perinatal and maternal mental illness. This is a non-profit organization and not a counseling practice. To learn more, please go to www.postpartumprogress.org/climb-out-of-the-darkness.